Charlie Sheen is about to star in another TV show roughly one year after he was fired from an immensely popular role on Two and a Half Men.

Written by New York Times | Published: June 17, 2012 2:58:27 am

Charlie Sheen is about to star in another TV show roughly one year after he was fired from an immensely popular role on Two and a Half Men. The new series,Anger Management,loosely adapted from the 2003 movie with Adam Sandler and Jack Nicholson,casts Sheen as a once-promising baseball player who,in a tantrum,tried to break a bat over his leg and instead broke his knee,forcing him out of the game. And then works as a therapist,counselling a misfit group of patients . Sheen said it was important to him that the series have “a theme of atonement. The Goodson character let a lot of people down,” he said. “A lot of people were rooting for him,and he ended his career with his own anger.”Sheen was confident his fans had forgiven him not only for his meltdown but also for the threats of violence he had made against ex wives Brooke Mueller and Denise Richards.

To Rome With Love,Woody Allen’s new film is an ensemble comedy featuring Alec Baldwin,Jesse Eisenberg,Ellen Page,Roberto Benigni and Allen himself among the Americans and Italians who get mixed up in a series of intertwining adventures and romances. After toying with titles like The Bop Decameron and Nero Fiddled,Allen changed the film’s name to one that reflected not only his affection for Italy but also for that country’s proud tradition of cinema and maverick filmmakers who inspired him to make personal movies of his own. As a teenager in New York,Allen,now 76,said in an interview,“my group was hardly an intellectual group—it was a group of mugs.” But he added: “Italian movies were a great staple of our cultural diet. They were a tremendous influence in terms of showing us that one could make movies about mature subjects with profound themes.”

Michelle Obama has adopted healthy eating and fighting childhood obesity as one of her pet causes. Her first book,American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America,tells of her experiences planting the first vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt and shares stories of other community gardens across the country. “My own experiences being a mom,trying to feed my kids right. Engaging them in the process of understanding where their food was coming from. They took an interest,and their health outcomes changed pretty dramatically,” she says talking about what inspired her to write the book. “I thought,if I don’t know these things,what’s going on in other households where people have less information,fewer resources? So I started thinking about how a garden could begin a really good conversation.”

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